WATCH: Cordrazine's Hamish Cowan Gets Candid Ahead Of 25th Anniversary Celebrations

20 October 2022 | 8:08 am | Mary Varvaris

The band are releasing vinyl for the first time and playing a special headline show next month.

Cordrazine are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a special headline show at Howler in Melbourne on 4 November. The first 200 people in the door will receive an acoustic CD of vocalist Hamish Cowan playing songs from the band's catalogue. 

The band has released the first-ever vinyl for their impactful debut album, From Here To Whenever, and their debut EP, Time To Leave, alongside the anniversary show. You can purchase the new vinyl here.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Hamish Cowan, bassist Chris Ambrose, drummer Rohan Heddle, and keyboard player Sam Holloway formed the band in 1996. The band quickly became a part of Melbourne's pub rock scene. 

The band gained comparisons to Jeff Buckley with Cowan's falsetto, pitch and volume resembling the iconic singer's voice, and their song arrangments equally romantic.

Once they had the lineup, Cordrazine signed with Rubber Records and released their debut EP, Time To Leave, in May 1997, which peaked at #42 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The song Crazy did well on triple j, landing at #17 on the 1997 Hottest 100. Crazy would also appear on their album, From Here To Whenever, in 1998.

From Here To Whenever was released in April 1998, with the singles, Clearlight sent to radio in August 1997 and Memorial Drive in February 1998. The album was a success for the band, getting into the ARIA Top 10 Albums Chart at #9. The band was nominated for the ARIA Award of Best Breakthrough Artist at the 1998 ARIA Awards. 

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Cordrazine, at the top of Melbourne indie rock, announced their disbandment in November 1998 but had broken up before the album was released.  

The band surprised fans by reforming in 2009. Ambrose did not return, but new members Jethro Woodward on bass and backing vocals and Nick Batterham on guitar and backing vocals joined. Cordrazine released their second album, Always Coming Down, in July 2010. The band then disappeared again.

Freelance journalist Chris Johnston has unveiled his hour-long interview with Cowan in the lead-up to the 25th-anniversary gig, which you can watch exclusively below ahead of its official release.



Saturday 5 November - Howler, Melbourne

Tickets here.